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Siobhan Cosgrave receives her YOGIE from ACT Minister for Children and Young People, Mick Gentleman.

Barnardos Australia Program Manager, Siobhan Cosgrave, has won a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's YOGIES.

The Annual YOGIE Awards recognise, celebrate, promote and reward outstanding practice in working with young people in the ACT and surrounding area. The YOGIES highlight the exceptional commitment, talent and innovation that exists in the youth sector.

This year's YOGIES were presented by the ACT Minister for Children and Young People, Mick Gentleman.

When presenting the Awards Mr Gentleman said he acknowledges the professionalism, passion and commitment of the applicants.

“This is the tenth year the YOGIE Awards have run. Categories include organisation, service, program or project awards; individual awards; and a new media award to recognise an outstanding media article or program which has positively promoted or represented young people in the ACT," he said.

“Canberra has a young population, with young people aged 12 to 25 comprising 19 per cent of our total population. As a government and community it is important to ensure all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

Siobhan Cosgrave has a longstanding career in the youth sector, beginning as a residential youth worker in 1988. Throughout her career she has worked in a variety of frontline, education, policy, and managerial roles. As a manager she has coordinated professional, practical, responsive, outcomes focused services, which have gained recognition for their excellence in supporting young people and their commitment to collaboration.

Siobhan is a lifelong learner, with degrees in Community Health and Education, and Professional Writing from the University of Canberra. She is currently studying a Masters in Social Work at the Australian Catholic University, while also working as the manager of Our Place, a youth homelessness service jointly run by Barnardos Australia and Anglicare.

The Lifetime Achievement award recognises an outstanding individual who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to supporting and improving the wellbeing of young people in the ACT.

Awards are presented in 10 categories that recognise the work of groups and individuals, with young people, workers, individuals, programs and services invited to provide nominations. A judging panel determines the winners, with the exclusion of the Staff Acknowledgement Award. The judging panel is comprised of a representative from the Youth Coalition, a representative from the Community Services Directorate, and a representative from the community youth sector.